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Joyful Noise Choir

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Joyful Noise Choir is offered for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade on Wednesday Nights from 6:15-7:00. We have two break out choirs that meet together for the first part of the evening and then combine to practice together. K-1st Grade enjoys a marching band, musical games, stickers, prizes for attendance and (of course!) singing! This choir offers a great introduction to music for our younger kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.  2nd-5th Grade focuses on the fundamentals of music and offers a space for understanding the complexity of music, solo singing and a deep engagement with the musical selections.  The choirs are led by Lynn Kauffman and Alana Griffith.

Contact: Alana Griffith,

The Belle Meade Choir

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and special services throughout the year. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from Renaissance to current-day composers. We rehearse vigorously, have fun consistently, and worship purposefully. We welcome you, whether you would like to join us long-term or for a shorter period of time. Note: strong music-reading is a plus, although not required; interested high school students are welcome. We rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Contact: Nancy Reiser, 

children and youth

Family Faith Play, led by Rev. Gracie Dugan, will begin on Wednesday, Jan 9. This special 7 week class is for families of children birth-4 years and their caregivers/parents. During Family Faith Play we will engage the scripture together through games, music, conversation and play. This will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child in a deep way and to learn easy skills and tools to intentionally create opportunities for faith conversation at home. Whether your child is 3 months or 3 years, there are ways you can make faith conversation a part of your everyday interactions!  Join us to grow together with your child and have a blast while you do it! Contact Pastor Gracie if you have any questions,

Meet Gracie.

Family Faith Play

Jan 9 - Feb 20
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 227

connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Contact: Steve Stone,  

ADULT studies

Will the real Jesus
please stand up?!   

Dr. Ernest Heard
Jan 9 - Feb 27
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 121


To Tell the Truth was a favorite TV series in the 1950’s. Each episode began with three individuals who all claimed to be the same person – but only one was truly who she/he claimed to be. Let’s call the real  person Jane or John Doe. Each individual  presented why she/he was the one telling the truth. Then a panel would question the 3 individuals in an effort to determine who was the one telling the truth. At the end of the show, the Master of Ceremonies would ask the real Jane/John Doe to stand up. Of course the TV audience would play right along in their living rooms. I have often thought of this show when reading the New Testament and pondering who the real Jesus was. It appears to me that the New Testament contains a variety of portraits of Jesus and that not all of them are in synch with each other. In this 8 week class, we will delve into what the four Gospels say about Jesus, along with what Paul and the other New Testament writers say about our Lord – and see where our discussion takes us. Bibles will be provided, though you are certainly welcome to bring your personal Bible.

Meet Ernest: Ernest is a long-time member of Belle Meade UMC and teaches in multiple capacities. He is the regular lecturer for the Trinity Sunday School Class. His credentials include: Ed.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Scarritt College; M.L.S., Peabody College; B.A., Centenary College. Ernest is a professor at Belmont and says this about his work: "Each time I enter the classroom I try to remind myself why I am teaching at Belmont.  As best I can, I seek to keep the following priorities uppermost in my mind and heart – to create a loving and safe environment within the classroom where students know that they are loved and can feel safe in expressing their ideas and opinions, in assurance that they will be heard, respected and appreciated. My second priority is to present subject content according to the course description, and to strive to do so in an exciting and challenging manner that will cause students to think, ponder, question, and articulate what they are learning. Thirdly, through tests, written assignments, and speaking opportunities I strive to empower students to take ownership of their learning.”

History of Church Music:
The Wesleys, Luther & More  

Nancy Reiser
Jan 9 - 30
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


The words “church music” mean something different to just about everyone. How does music in the church affect us, and why? We will examine the history of different denominations, identify the music they first embraced, and follow these threads to the present day. Church music has meat on its bones; we’ll talk about why it is far more than a decorative or sentimental element in worship, and what has appealed to different generations in recent decades.

Meet Nancy: Nancy joined the staff of Belle Meade UMC in January of 2016 as Interim Minister of Music and Worship. She officially became the Minister of Music and Worship in June of 2016. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South, and the Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before attending graduate school, Nancy was the Music Intern at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville. She has served as Organist- Choirmaster of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL, All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin, TX, and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. She has been on the faculty of several national conferences for Church Music, Organ Pedagogy, and Liturgy. The granddaughter of a Lutheran pastor, Nancy finds a particular affinity with the power of hymns and the corporate nature of worship.

We are a group of men who have been meeting for years, but always welcome new people! We pick a book of the Bible and study it together. We will be studying Ephesians this Spring. Bring a Bible; no additional books required. 

Contact: Bruce Kauffman,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

OPen bible study

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 216


6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 125

We gather after Wednesday Night Dinner to knit and crochet various items: prayer shawls, baby blankets and hats/scarves for Room in the Inn. We love to create a gift that provides warmth and strength to our congregation in a time of need or a time of joy.  What a blessing for everyone, those receiving and those creating. Bring your own materials and join us! 

Contact: Carol Cartwright, or Marsha Arnold,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

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